Anaphylactic Shock Following Bite by a ‘Slow Loris,’ Nycticebus Coucang

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  • Internal Medicine Service, U. S. Diplomatic Mission Medical Unit and U. S. Army Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
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A case of anaphylaxis of the circulatory collapse type and complicated by hematuria following bite by a “slow loris” (Nycticebus coucang) is reported. Treatment consisted in supportive measures and an antihistamine. The patient made a full recovery. There was no clinical evidence of any toxic substance in the saliva of the loris in spite of a northern Thai folklore belief that Nycticebus is a venomous animal.

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Address reprint requests to Henry Wilde, M.D., F.A.C.P., U.S. Diplomatic Mission Medical Unit, APO San Francisco, California 96346.